The Human Instrumentality Project

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Gamasutra - Casual Games and Piracy: The Truth

Friday, February 15, 2008

Seeing friends whom I haven't seen for a long long time always puts me in a very very good mood. Though I didn't stay to talk more because I didn't want to disturb the 2 of you, but I'm sure we'll have other chances in the future.

So yes, Ah Hui, I'll be happy to meet up, and much happier once we've met up. I'll be in touch. =)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Today, in Japanese lecture, our lecturer shared with us how the Japanese celebrate Valentine's Day. In Japan, on Valentine's Day, girls will give chocolates to guys whom they admire. The 14th of March is White Day, when the guys will give chocolates or flowers back to the girls whom they received something from. It is interesting that, in a traditionally Asian (and therefore chauvinistic) country, it is the girls who are in effect being asked to take the initiative, to indicate their interest to the guys they like. I guess there's probably more to it than that, I should ask my Japanese friends.

It was my natural reaction, both as a guy and as an impatient person, to want to up the ante, speed things up, after some threatening facts were revealed to me. Luckily I sought advice from the correct people, and they kept my head firmly on my shoulders. On hindsight they are right: the new facts don't change anything. It's like running or swimming a race -- everyone has his own lane, and worrying about what the other runners/swimmers are doing does more harm than good. I just have to focus on myself and what I am doing, and do them to the best of my ability. The result is determined by some 'greater power' that I have no control over. So, here's all the best to everyone involved.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New computer! Specs:
Gigabyte P35-DS3P Motherboard
Intel Pentium E8400 Processor (3.00 GHz Core 2 Duo)
Asus EAH3870 512MB DDR4 w/DVI/HDMI Graphics Card
2x PC 6400/800 Crucial BallistiX CL4 1GB RAM
Hitachi 320GB Hard Disk
LG GH20NS 20x DvD Writer (SATA)
Enhance ENP-5150GH 500W Power Supply
Lian-Li PC-007 Casing

I'll have to wait till the weekend before I can get my hands on this baby, but it means that my brother has the unenviable task of setting everything up till it works like magic. With luck, this baby will last us 3 years, maybe more. It's time for us to catch up on the games of the past year that we cannot play. =D

Monday, February 11, 2008

How to make better decisions

A friend just shared this funny article with me. Maybe I should try out the equation mentioned inside. =P

I came back to hall today to find my door tag on the floor, and I've been feeling uneasy since then. The door tag was secured by 6 big pieces of Blu-tack, and it'll take quite a lot to make it drop. This year I'm supposed to 犯太岁, so I'd better open my eyes wide and tread carefully.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


作词:方文山 作曲:周杰伦

小学篱芭旁的蒲公英 是记忆里有味道的风景
午睡操场传来蝉的声音 多少年后也还是很好听

将愿望折纸飞机寄成信 因为我们等不到那流星
认真投决定命运的硬币 却不知道到底能去哪里

#一起长大的约定 那样清晰 打过勾的我相信
 说好要一起旅行 是你如今 唯一坚持的任性

在走廊上罚站打手心 我们却注意窗边的蜻蜓
我去到哪里你都跟很紧 很多的梦在等待着进行

Repeat #

一起长大的约定 那样真心 与你聊不完的曾经
而我已经分不清 你是友情 还是错过的爱情

If our brain pieces dreams together from random scraps of reality in our memory, then how the **** did it come up with that dream I just had? The blog post I dreamt seemed so real, I'm searching for it right now.

I've always tried to fix whatever wasn't right. If someone was feeling something wrong, I would also try to fix it, But after all, emotional problems are like flu, aren't they? Both need the patient to heal by himself, all doctors (and wannabes like me) can do is alleviate the symptoms. I should have learnt my lesson after my Christmas holiday, when I tried to heal someone but caught the bug and nearly died, myself. So I fell back to giving out huge doses of happy, and I'm only sorry that I couldn't leave behind a few bottles of it to take after meals. (Truth is, I needed a few bottles myself.)

I wish there was a way to record my dream, and replay it at leisure, because it's all slowly disappearing from my mind. It hinted at what might be wrong right now. Although the remedial action is obvious, I balk at taking it, just as I have for so long already, because it doesn't feel right, I'm not convinced that it's not just my imagination, and where I thought is a road is actually just a painted wall. All in good time, eh? Is the time still good? =S

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The decision to go home without my laptop yesterday was a right one. It forced me to do work around the house, which was the reason for which I went home yesterday. But my injured hand precluded me from many chores, and after tidying my stuff and finishing my novel, I still had enough time to be bored.

Hmm, I should have done this last night. Now I've forgotten what I want to say. Anyway, Happy Lunar New Year everyone.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Plain White T - Hey There Delilah

Hey there Delilah
What's it like in New York City?
I'm a thousand miles away
But girl, tonight you look so pretty
Yes you do
Times Square can't shine as bright as you
I swear it's true

Hey there Delilah
Don't you worry about the distance
I'm right there if you get lonely
Give this song another listen
Close your eyes
Listen to my voice, it's my disguise
I'm by your side

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
What you do to me

Hey there Delilah
I know times are getting hard
But just believe me, girl
Someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
We'll have it good
We'll have the life we knew we would
My word is good

Hey there Delilah
I've got so much left to say
If every simple song I wrote to you
Would take your breath away
I'd write it all
Even more in love with me you'd fall
We'd have it all

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me

A thousand miles seems pretty far
But they've got planes and trains and cars
I'd walk to you if I had no other way
Our friends would all make fun of us
and we'll just laugh along because we know
That none of them have felt this way
Delilah I can promise you
That by the time we get through
The world will never ever be the same
And you're to blame

Hey there Delilah
You be good and don't you miss me
Two more years and you'll be done with school
And I'll be making history like I do
You'll know it's all because of you
We can do whatever we want to
Hey there Delilah here's to you
This one's for you

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
What you do to me.

Monday, February 04, 2008

I don't know what to say also. All in good time, lah.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The power of the human touch: a motherly hug, a gentle hand on the shoulder, jostling for the football shoulder to shoulder, hi-5s and pats on the back -- they give me the energy to have another go at this world, rather than just lie down and accept whatever comes. They give me the courage to be myself and pursue my dreams, because I know that, when I am battered and worn, I have somewhere, someone to turn to.

Sometimes it doesn't matter even if you haven't seen the people for years. We are no longer children; memories and feelings do not fade so easily. But it reminds me that I have lots of catching-up to do with lots of people. Time permitting, of course, and that is in short supply nowadays.

I know that I've been complaining left and right about the state of the block now, and it's really unfair because a) I've been back to hall for only 3 days, b) I've only spoken to 5 of the freshies, and less than 10 of the seniors since I've been back, c) it's now the busiest time of the year, with school and projects and inter-hall games and almost everything else on-going.

Anyway I feel somewhat responsible, because it is my batch's fault. When we're year 2 and year 3, we are the ones who are responsible for passing down the block's cultures and traditions. But because my batch is so badly decimated, there was a break in the chain and some things were left undone. A lot of things that the block used to have are now gone. As one of the few 'survivors' of my batch I have to do something to correct this. Also, if this is possibly going to be my last semester in hall, I want to make something of it, rather than be a phantom.

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